'The Chi' Season 5 on Showtime: Date, plot, cast, and latest buzz from drama series
Showtime has a knack for coming out with the stories that impact the lives of the viewers and one of the shows that have definitely managed to make a mark on everyone is none other than ‘The Chi’. The series began in 2018 and opened to a bumper response, receiving praise from across the globe. Since then, the show has shown people from the Black community live their lives on the South Side of California.
The show has always been praised for its extraordinary representation of the Black community and what they have to go through in their daily lives. Apart from that, the makers have done a phenomenal job in showing the personal battles of the show’s main characters. Season 4 ended on a hopeful note for all main characters.
As far as Season 5 is concerned, the upcoming edition will dive deeper into the main characters' personal lives as they try to rebuild their lives. It would be interesting to see what’s in store for Emmett, Tiff, Trig, Douda, and other pivotal characters as well.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming season.
When does ‘The Chi’ Season 5 release and where can you watch it?
Season 5 of ‘The Chi’ will have its on-air debut on Showtime on Sunday, June 26, at 9 pm EST. However, Showtime subscribers can watch the first episode on Friday, June 24, which will be available for streaming.
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What is ‘The Chi’ Season 5 all about?
The official synopsis reads, “This season on THE CHI delves deeply into the many joys and complications of Black love: relationships, children, career, community and self. Emmett (Jacob Latimore) and Tiff (Hannaha Hall) forge ahead as co-parents, while Tiff grows closer with Rob (Iman Shumpert). Kevin (Alex Hibbert) finds new love in an unexpected place, while Jake (Michael V. Epps) and Papa (Shamon Brown Jr.) try to resolve things with Jemma (Judae’a Brown) and Maisha (Genesis Denise Hale). New mom Kiesha (Birgundi Baker) works to build her life with baby Ronnie, while Nina (Tyla Abercrumbie) and Dre (Miriam A. Hyman) work at rebuilding their union as they support Lynae (Zara Primer). Jada (Yolonda Ross) assesses her life post-cancer and where Suede (Bernard Gilbert) fits, while Darnell (Rolando Boyce) considers the past for guidance on his future with Dom (La La Anthony). Roselyn’s (Kandi Burruss) new pet project places her at odds with Tracy (Tai Davis). Meanwhile, with a push from Douda (Curtiss Cook) and a helping hand from Shaad (Jason Weaver), Trig (Luke James) considers a political run that might help his city, but at what cost to him and his family?”
Who stars in the Showtime series?
As expected, all original cast members are returning for the fifth edition. Jacob Latimore and Hannah Hall will be back as Emmett and Tiff. Meanwhile, Luke James will once again play the role of Trig and Curtiss Cook also returns as Douda.
The multi-talented artist began his career as a musician and garnered a lot of success in the R&B genre. In 2011, his song ‘I Want You’ earned him a Best R&B Performance nomination at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. After garnering success in the field of music, he made his way into the world of acting in 2011. James made his feature film debut in the Nigerian movie ‘Rift’ and went on to star in the 2013 film ‘Black Nativity’ as well. On the television side, he has been a part of several TV shows and was recently seen in the critically-acclaimed series ‘Genius: Aretha’.
Other actors to feature in the show include Iman Shumpert (Rob), Alex Hibbert (Kevin), Jake (Michael V. Epps), Jemma (Juda’e Brown), Maisha (Genesis Denise Hale), Birgundi Baker (Keisha), Yolonda Ross (Jada), Tracy (Tai Davis), and Jason Weaver (Shaad).
Created by Lena Waithe, the series has been penned by the dynamic duo of Waithe and Justin Hillian.
Meanwhile, Common, Derek Dudley, Rick Famuyiwa, Aaron Kaplan, Shelby Stone, Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Ayanna Davis, and Ayanna Floyd serve as executive producers on the show.
As the show gears up for Season 5, it seemed to have been mauled by a controversy. In April 2022, Jasmine Davis announced that she won’t be appearing in the upcoming season of the Showtime series. When a fan asked what were the reasons, she said that she was planning to reveal the real reason why she left the “toxic environment’.
Jasmine, who played the role of Imani on the show, is an openly transgender actress and got worldwide recognition with her role on the show. However, there’s a twist in the tale now because a report suggests that Davis submitted a “fake” Covid vaccination card to the makers which prompted an investigation from the studio.
Source told Page Six that the investigation prompted Davis to leave the show. As of now, there has been no reaction from Davis to this new revelation.
You can watch the trailer here.